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A gay couple is livid after allegedly being turned away by a guesthouse because the lodge did not have a policy on homosexuals.
Lindani Mchunu and a gay friend, Lebogang Modise, feel downhearted and discriminated against because they were forced to drive through the night after they were allegedly rejected by the management at Dikolobe Guesthouse in Seabe village, northeast of Pretoria.
Modise said yesterday that they arrived at the guesthouse on Wednesday night - exhausted and hungry.
"We wanted to book as a couple and management told us they did not cater for gay people," he said.
The incident also sparked anger from well-known gay activist, Thami Kotlolo.
Kotlolo reacted by immediately writing a letter of complaint to the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, asking that action be taken against the management of the lodge.
He said: "When Lindani informed me about the incident I called the lodge and demanded answers. The manager told me they did not have a policy on gay people. This is disappointing because 2010 is just around the corner. If we don't get this right, what explanation are we going to give to people who will be coming into our country?" he asked.
The lodge's manager, Kenny Mochusi, dismissed the accusations as malicious.
"They were quoted a price for two and when they felt the price was too high they wanted to share a room. We suggested another private room because the one they wanted was already booked.
"They are just trying to make something out of nothing," he said.